Canada: The City of Burlington in Canada is testing new traffic data collection devices that use motorists’ Bluetooth and GPS technology to collect travel time information from vehicles on streets.
This pilot project is aimed at helping the transport department adjust the timing of traffic signals to better manage congestion and traffic flow. Some of the devices have already been installed along the busiest roads in the city. When a driver with an active Bluetooth device passes by the data recorder it picks up the ‘ping’ from the device and records the time and date it passed the location. When the same Bluetooth device passes another data recorder that information together with the device’s onboard GPS enables the average travel speed and elapsed time to be calculated.